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Senior Scala Engineer

United Kingdom - London

An exciting opportunity has arisen at HomeAway for a Back End Developer within our UK team. This is an exciting role, which would suit an experienced software developer to make their mark in an innovative and growing tech company.   

HomeAway, a world leader in the vacation rental industry, is the place to book beach houses, cabins, and condos with more than two million places to stay in 190 countries. The site makes it easy to find and book the perfect vacation rental for any getaway, often for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. HomeAway is part of the Expedia Group family of brands. 

We are developing technological solutions to automate the process of sending the right marketing message to the right customer at the right time in the right advertising platform. We generate product feeds by leveraging data streamed from many sources, crunching content from large amounts of data in the cloud from multiple data sources and distributing this to advertising platforms (Google, Facebook and Criteo)millions of times a day. Using machine learning on customer behaviour, current trends, geo and event information, we automate the process of smart bidding on various platforms to drive customer visits to HomeAway and help them find their dream vacation.

Join us in our journey of enticing the travellers and making it a win-all for them, the property owners,HomeAway and you.

Your Key Responsibilities will be:

As a Back End Developer, you will help us build highly performant and scalable real-time systems to make effective decisions on the fly, taking advantage of large distributed datasets and machine learning.

Working primarily on a backend stack with a Java/Scala based streaming system, leveraging various web services and mentored by an experienced team of disciplined developers, you will be a crucial part of a fast paced environment helping us target relevant audience in a highly competitive market. Being at the forefront of engineering sophisticated solutions with a focus on marketing, in conjunction with players like Google and Facebook, you will get the chance to directly impact our conversion rates, with every change you make.

The ideal candidate will:
- Develop scalable, tested and reliable applications for a really fast paced distributed SOA environment
- Be comfortable in the agile software lifecycle from concept to production and beyond
- Appreciate and enhance a dynamic and close-knit software development team committed to mutual learning through peer code reviews and innovation
- Find creative and simple solutions to challenging problems, with a focus on getting things done and a test & learn culture
- Be encouraged to participate in HomeAway’s inventive culture including contributing to open source, HackAway and Kitchen Talks

Preferred Qualifications:
- Bachelor's Degree or higher, preferably in Computer Science or Engineering
- Experience with continuous delivery and integration tools like Maven, Git, and TeamCity
- Knowledge of TDD and BDD frameworks
- Experience with large scale streaming systems like Kafka
- Experience with different data storage mechanisms like Cassandra
- Knowledge of Agile methodologies, such as Scrum and Kanban
- Experience collaborating on a cross-functional team
- Strong problem solving capability
- Familiarity with REST and service-oriented architecture
- Experience in E-commerce or Travel Industries is a plus
- Familiarity with multiple programming languages and an ability/willingness to learn

What do we have to offer?

Based in Victoria, with The Queen as a neighbor, we are proud to say without a doubt that you will work in a modern office environment with THE Best Views of London: No more sightseeing needed for you.

In addition to an attractive salary with annual targeted bonus, we offer regular social gatherings like our monthly “HomeAway Bar”, chill-out and lunch areas and a range of other benefits including free drinks, snacks/fruit and breakfast.

- 25 days annual leave +Bank Holidays
- Relaxed Dress Down; every day is Dress Down Friday
- Excellent on the job training and on-going core skills development
- Life assurance
- Child care vouchers
- Private Health Care
- Access to pension scheme
- Salary Protection scheme
- Annual appraisal and salary review

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We look forward to welcoming you to our team!



Job Category
Software Engineering

United Kingdom - London

Job Type
Full-Time Regular

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